Gynecology at Mary Washington Healthcare
Advanced Gynecological Care throughout Virginia
Mary Washington Healthcare is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of
women throughout our community. Our hospitals are able to serve the OB/GYN
needs of our patients in all of their life stages. We are able to provide
everything from regular gynecological exams to minimally invasive surgery.
Treating Gynecological Cancer
Women with uterine and other gynecologic cancers can now undergo complex
surgical procedures close to home through the Mary Washington Healthcare
Women’s Health Institute. Local OB/GYN physicians have partnered
with Mid-Atlantic Pelvic Surgery Associates, expert gynecologic oncologists
who are now on staff at Mary Washington Hospital.
Cancers that occur in different areas of the pelvis, such as cervical,
endometrial, or ovarian cancers are defined as gynecologic cancers. These
types of cancer can spread through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
According to the CDC, 71,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer
each year in the United States. Gynecologic cancers have several possible
treatments, including hormone therapy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
The most common treatment is the surgical removal of the uterus, known as a
Minimally-invasive GYN surgery can also be used for:
- Suspicious masses – Most masses near or on the ovaries can be removed
with a minimally-invasive approach. Once removed, our pathology team evaluates
the mass under a microscope to determine if it is a cancer.
- Challenging hysterectomies – We can now offer minimally-invasive
approaches to patients whose medical conditions or previous surgical history
would have required a more invasive procedure.
Advances in equipment and techniques now allow hysterectomies to be performed
with tiny abdominal incisions through which the surgeon works with the
aid of miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights,
high-definition monitors, and specialized precision tools.
Highly advanced, minimally-invasive surgery is often a viable option for
women with gynecologic cancers and other challenging conditions. It results
in shorter hospital stays, with dramatic decreases in postoperative discomfort
and scarring. Our surgeon will work directly with you and your OB/GYN
to determine if this type of procedure is the safest, most appropriate
surgical treatment for your condition.
These surgeons work collaboratively with Mary Washington Healthcare credentialed
medical and radiation oncologists, as well as OB/GYN physicians to determine
the most appropriate plan of care.
MWHC Cancer Navigators
The MWHC Cancer Navigator Program is available to help you with determining
your next steps if you have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.
Call one of our Cancer Navigators at 540.741.1769 to discuss the minimally-invasive
surgical treatment options available at Mary Washington Hospital.